The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels. It premiered in 2015 on BBC America, BBC Two, and later in 2018 on Netflix.
What is the storyline of The Last Kingdom?
The year is 866, and the Great Heathen Army’s arrival in Britain is about to redefine the relationship between Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Following the establishment of Danish rule in Jórvík and East Anglia, the show largely focuses on the Kingdom of Wessex’s resistance to ongoing Viking incursions to Southern England.
The story covers about 40–45 years by the end of season 4. Season 1 covers 866–878, season 2 from 878 to 886, season 3 from 893 to 900, and season 4 take about 901 to 912.
The fictional protagonist is Uhtred of Bebbanburg. An earl of that name lived and ruled Bebbanburg (Bamburgh Castle) and Northumbria during the reign of Æthelred II, though about a century after The Last Kingdom’s setting. When Æthelred had the ealdorman of Southern Northumbria, Ælfhelm of York, murdered in 1006, Uhtred the Bold was made earl of a united Northumbria (and likely ealdorman of York), his seat at Bebbanburg.
When is The Last Kingdom Releasing?
The first series of eight episodes premiered on 10 October 2015 in the United States on BBC America  and was broadcast shortly after in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 22 October 2015. It became available online in the United States via Netflix on 6 July 2016. It was added to Netflix on 28 December 2015 in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. The first series was broadcast in the Spanish region of Catalonia on TV3 on 24 July 2017.
The second and third series were released on Netflix in the US, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan, Australia, and Portugal.
Netflix was the sole distributor of the third series of ten episodes produced by Carnival Films. On 26 December 2018, Netflix renewed the show for a fourth series, released on 26 April 2020 and produced by Carnival Films. It was renewed for a fifth series on 7 July 2020.
Where can one watch The Last Kingdom Season 4?
While Seasons 1-3 have been released on Netflix globally, Season 4 is only available on Netflix US. Netflix uses strong geoblocking technology, so if you live outside the US, you won’t find out if Uhtred comes any closer to reclaiming his birthright.